French: Gallinule africaine German: Zwergteichhuhn Spanish: Gallineta chica
Lower Caffraria (= KwaZulu-Natal), South Africa
Senegal and Gambia E to Ethiopia, and S to N & E Namibia, Botswana and NE South Africa.
22–23 cm; male 145–164 (155) g, female 92–137 (109) g, 1 unsexed 149 g. Like small version of G. chloropus, but paler overall, appearing mainly... read more
Calls resemble those of G. chloropus and include: rapid series of clucking notes; series... read more
Permanent and temporary freshwater wetlands, such as papyrus swamps, reedbeds, marshes with rushes... read more
Food and feeding
Molluscs, insects (especially beetles), vegetable matter including seeds and flowers of reeds; also (in captivity) termites. Forages while... read more
Senegal and Gambia, breeding condition Aug; Sierra Leone, Nov; Nigeria, Jul–Sept; Ghana, Jun; Gabon, Feb; Chad, Aug; Sudan, Aug;... read more
Some birds resident year-round in permanently suitable habitats, but many are wet-season migrants.... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread and locally common over much of range but, as with Porphyrio alleni, erratic nature of its occurrence in seasonal... read more
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